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Norway/ 7. Public institutions in cultural infrastructure  

7.3 Status and partnerships of public cultural institutions

Most Norwegian public cultural institutions have experienced a considerable growth in public funding over the last ten years. As an example, the three state financed theatres have increased their state funding by fifty percent between 2005 and 2015.

Since the millennium, there has also been a considerable establishment of large local and regional culture houses. From 2003 until 2018 municipalities have spent/will spend more than 13 billion NOK on the establishment of local culture houses[1]. This spending has caused some public debate recently.

In the museums sector another important reform has taken place. The reform aims to reduce the number of museum units at the regional level and to strengthen the existing units professionally and administratively. The reform, which is often termed "consolidation", has focused on mergers between museums in the same regions and on the establishment of national networks (see also chapter 4.2.2).

Compared to other public sectors in Norway, there has been relatively little outsourcing of activities and privatisation of institutions in the culture sector.

[1]  Numbers collected by the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten:

Chapter published: 20-03-2017

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